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Flooding/Geography:
 Monsoons cause flooding (Almost 1/3 of country floods in rainy season)
 Due to the extremely fertile land, there are 3 rich harvests a year
o But often, people, livestock and crops are swept away by natural
disasters
 Cyclone Sidr (2007), 1970
 Erosion is a big problem (silt, strong rivers)
 Flooding + below sea-level= land disappears and appears uncontrollably
Population:
 Over 1000 people per square kilometer (over 1 person per square meter)
Poverty:
 Most kids start working before age 10 due to meager family conditions
 Poverty: “deep and widespread; almost half of the population live on less that
one dollar a day”
Human Rights:
 Assaults on women and “allegations that police use torture against those in
custody”
Unemployment:
 Agriculture employs majority of population (not enough jobs to meet demand)
 Bangladeshis must seek work abroad (illegally at times)
Crisis Prevention and Recovery
 “Tropical cyclones, tidal surges, tornados, floods, droughts and large-scale
riverbank erosion all wreak havoc on the lives and livelihoods of the population.”
 “damage and losses to the country amount to about 96 percent of the global
total.”
 “collecting and sharing indigenous knowledge about how to live safely with
natural calamities, and expanding disaster preparedness strategies to cover
risks emerging from rapid urbanization.”
 As sea levels rise, disaster and devastation will increase- MUST ACT NOW
 1970: cyclone killed over 300,000 people and caused over $2.5 billion in
property damage
 1988 & 1998: immense suffering due to floods
 1998: two-thirds of country was underwater, hugely disrupting economy
and agriculture
Malaria Control Project
 epidemiology: incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases
 entomology: study of insects
 life expectancy now is 67/69 years and through this project we expect it to
greatly increase since less people are dying, starving or getting sick
 national health facilities are “providing a range of services relating to health,
education and development.”
 80% of malaria cases
 sick children miss school, tourism suffers, etc.
 Rural poor are the most affected. Can’t afford a way to avoid getting it or a
way to be treated once they have it
 Considered both a cause and consequence of poverty
Evans 1

Negative affect on economic productivity
o Farmers choose subsistence crops because the labour is affected during harvest
season
o Markets receive less business because people don’t want to travel to them
o Tourists don’t want to go to countries with malaria
o Malaria infected families harvest under half of healthy families

When educated, “people know how to prevent malaria, when to seek
medical treatment and how to access effective treatment. The result: less
sickness, fewer deaths and stronger communities.”
Evans 2
Works Cited:
Malaria: http://malarianomore.org.uk/malaria#preventing-malaria
http://gharoni.org/ongoing.htm
Crisis: http://www.undp.org/cpr/disred/english/regions/asia/bangladesh.htm
Title: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/bangladesh-guide/
Population of Bangladesh:
http://www.bestcountryreports.com/Population_Map_Bangladesh.html
man with child: http://shahidul.wordpress.com/2007/11/17/
cyclone sidr video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaiuaAt1b2k
physical map: http://www.ezilon.com/maps/images/asia/Bangladesh-physical-map.gif
two toned map:
http://www.livingwiththejamuna.com/photos/Bangladesh_10m_LECZ_and_population_
density.jpg
umbrellas: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/6742541.stm
sheep: http://www.global-changes.com/oxfam-to-aid-climate-change-victims/
crisis prevention:
http://www.undp.org/cpr/disred/english/regions/asia/bangladesh.htm
Evans 3
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